MPA, ATR, RYT200: Visual Artist, Art Therapist, Yoga Instructor
Ella Dufrene believes that art is our most primitive form of communication and that almost everything we know about human history derives from some form of art. She is driven by the instinctual knowledge of the innate healing powers of art and received her masters in art therapy from the Pratt Institute in 2015.
While deeply connected to the healing and meditative qualities of art-making, she discovered nature’s similar effects that harmonized with creativity. Ella began exploring eco and environmental art therapy techniques, which lead her to facilitate her first retreat in 2016 in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia.
Currently, Ella is based out of Miami, FL, where she works as an art therapist in hospice and in her private practice, Lila Art Therapy Services, LLC. She has experience working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, special needs and developmental delays, drug or alcohol addiction, and eating disorders. Ella works with clients in both individual and group settings, where she emphasizes a holistic path to wellness and utilizes a playful ‘person first’ approach to therapy.
Those who know and work with Ella feel her passion for the healing properties of movement and art. Ella has a zest for life, youthful spirit and contagiously open mind.